If you take the other ariya, as well as the paths and fruitions, it seems as though the state of Stream-Entry is used, while the rest are described according to their respective paths and fruitions as individuals.
However, this could be because of my misunderstanding of the Pāḷi, but this is how they are translated and presented in English.Stream-Enterer — sotāpanna
Once-Returner — sakadāgāmi
Non-Returner — anāgāmī
Arahant — arahat
sotāpattimagga — sotāpattiphala
sakadāgāmimagga — sakadāgāmiphala
anāgāmimagga — anāgāmiphala
arahatta-magga — arahatta-phala
With the PTS dictionary, sotāpanna and sotāpatti, as well as the path and fruition, are described as:
This sheds some light on the issue. Based on the above, sotāpatti describes anyone who is practicing the Noble Eightfold Path, and of what I remember from past reading, sotāpattimagga is solely the few seconds prior to the fruition-attainment of sotāpattiphala?[sota]-āpatti entering upon the stream, i. e. the noble eightfold path (S v.347), conversion Vin ii.93 etc. By it the first three Saṁyojanas are broken S v.357, 376. It has four phases (an- gas): faith in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Order, and, further, the noble Sīlas S ii.68 sq.; v.362 sq.; A iii.12; iv.405; D iii.227 (in detail). Another set of four angas consists of sappurisa — saṁsevā, saddhammasavana, yonisomanasikāra, and dhammânudhammapaṭipatti S v.347, 404. — phala the effect of having entered upon the stream, the fruit of conversion Vin i.293; ii.183; M i.325; A i.44; iii.441; iv.292 sq., 372 sq.; D i.229; iii.227; S iii.168, 225; v.410 sq.; Pug 13; DhA iii.192; iv.5; PvA 22, 38, 66, 142. — magga the way to conversion, the lower stage of conversion DA i.237; J i.97; VbhA 307; see magga. -āpanna one who has entered the stream
What I'm wondering is...
- Is the English translation of the above Pāḷi terms a misleading mess, and if so, what is the correct meaning of the different Pāḷi terms?
- Apart from the paths and fruits, are there Pāḷi terms to describe each of the four stages as states, rather than as individuals?